Saudi mil­i­tary heads re­placed amid stale­mate

The Republican Herald - - NATION/WORLD -

DUBAI, United Arab Emi­rates (AP) — Saudi Ara­bia re­placed its mil­i­tary chief of staff and other de­fense of­fi­cials early on Tues­day morn­ing in a shake-up ap­par­ently aimed at over­haul­ing its De­fense Min­istry dur­ing the stale­mated and ru­inous war in Ye­men.

The king­dom also an­nounced a new fe­male deputy min­is­ter of la­bor and so­cial de­vel­op­ment as it tries to broaden the role of women in the work­place.

Saudi Ara­bia made the an­nounce­ment in a flurry of royal de­crees car­ried by the staterun Saudi Press Agency. As with many an­nounce­ments in the ul­tra­con­ser­va­tive Sunni king­dom, it was short on de­tails.

King Sal­man “ap­proved the doc­u­ment on de­vel­op­ing the Min­istry of De­fense, in­clud­ing the vi­sion and strat­egy of the min­istry’s de­vel­op­ing pro­gram, the op­er­a­tional pat­tern tar­get­ing its de­vel­op­ment, the or­ga­ni­za­tional struc­ture, gov­er­nance and hu­man re­sources re­quire­ments,” one state­ment said.

That re­struc­tur­ing was part of a “multi-year ef­fort,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan, a se­nior ad­viser at the Saudi Em­bassy in Wash­ing­ton, wrote on Twit­ter.

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